In 4th year, Winters Mill claims first state crown

Love's goal 42 seconds into overtime caps Falcons' 19-0 season

Winters Mill 7 Parkside 6

Boys lacrosse Class 2A-1A

May 23, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun reporter

With less than a minute left in regulation, Ben Love was thwarted by Parkside goalie Mike Chubb on what might have been the game-winner. But the Winters Mill sophomore was determined not to blow his shot at history.

Love's clincher off Sean Smithson's pass 42 seconds into the four-minute overtime secured a 7-6 victory for the 13th-ranked Falcons (19-0) and the fourth-year varsity program's first Class 2A-1A state title last night at UMBC in their initial championship berth.

"The first time, I shot high. So this time, I went low," said Love, who has 44 goals and 15 assists. "I didn't think it would come down to that, but since we're state champs, I'm glad it was me."

Smithson (two goals, two assists), Jake Stocksdale (two, one), and, with one goal each, Sean Reitenbach and Garrett Hill also contributed as the Falcons overcame a team that turned a 3-0 first-quarter deficit into a 5-3 lead with 6:22 left in the third quarter.

"As a goalie, it was definitely good that I was a part of this win because it was exciting," said Towson University-bound senior Travis Love, who stopped five of the Rams' first seven shots and 12 of their first 17. He finished with 20 saves.

"It was stressful at the end because we needed a goal," said Travis Love. "For my brother to score the winner is a dream come true. There aren't words to describe what's going on in my head right now."

Chris Dashiell (one, two) and Kyle Gallagher (one, one) led Parkside (17-1), which had won 52 of its previous 53 games. The Rams from Wicomico County went 18-0 for the crown in 2005 and were 17-1 after losing to Loch Raven in last year's final.

Fourth-year coach Sal Picataggi credited the Rams for holding his high-powered offense of Ben Love, Nick Leech (48 goals, 40 assists), Smithson (44, 45), Hill (35, 18) and Stocksdale (20, 34) far below its average of 15.5 goals.

After its third goal, Winters Mill went scoreless for 24 minutes until Smithson fed Stocksdale to make it 5-4 entering the fourth quarter. Smithson and Stocksdale then scored with 9:28 and, 2:01 to play, respectively, to tie the game at 5 and 6.

"They had excellent long poles and athletes who could possess the ball and play good defense," said Picataggi, whose previous Falcons were 7-9 (2004), 10-6 (2005) and 13-4 last year. "But our team showed its true desire, and they would have pushed themselves to the very last second."

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